Well, that was disappointing. I, too, am tempted to react very angrily to this loss, but I don't think it's appropriate. We were all very hyped about this team going into the year, returning to a more "classic" Devils team. But you've got to remember that the team is so different this year. Nearly half of the top 9 is new, so you can't really expect too much from them chemistry-wise. And yeah, Schneider wasn't as perfect as pre-season. It's definitely an adjustment, moving to a new team. It'll take time.
There's no use in getting down yet. It's the first of 82 games. In the long run, this game will probably not matter much, especially since Pittsburgh is nearly a lock for the playoffs. So I think we should be focusing on the good things we saw tonight.
I know everyone is hating on Larsson, but I didn't think he had a terrible game tonight. A couple mistakes maybe, and he could have been a little quicker on the first goal, but I thought he showed that he can play.
Loktionov was the best forward tonight, IMO. It's going to be frustrating to watch him all season if the Devils have trouble scoring again. I think Loktionov + Brunner + Zubrus should be experimented with some more. By the way, Brunner's speed and shooting is great.
Jagr didn't stand out much tonight, but I think we'll all start to like what he will be bringing to this team. Once he gets a constant set of linemates, things will start happening. I get the feeling that he's a tough guy to play against.
Not sure what to think of Ryder yet. Sometimes it looks like he's doing nothing out there, then all of a sudden there's a scoring chance out of nowhere.
I just hope this scoring curse runs out soon for the Devils!
I'd like to see them try Olesz-Josefson-Bernier tomorrow, but I don't think that's gonna happen.